More stuff or, I guess, reflections of Singapore…
Last week after work, the bus was taking so long that I decided to walk from the office to the MRT station, about four blocks away. It was a nice walk. It wasn’t too humid because it rained that afternoon and it was already going on evening—about 7pm but it was still light out.
I love walking by all the HDBs (Housing Devt Buildings. They’re the lowcost housing dito. Kinda like BLISS kaya lang mas sosyal. When I’m gonna look for my place, I’ll be looking at the HDBs. Anyways…), which are newish near the area where my office is. I actually wouldn’t mind living in the vicinity of my office. It’s a nice place—it’s not in the middle of the city, but it’s near enough. Yet it’s far away from the congested CBD and Orchard. But from the horror stories of my friends when they went house-hunting, I’m not looking forward to the process! But that’s an adventure for later this year.
Late afternoons are actually my favorite time of the day here, when everything’s just turning to night. I love walking under the trees and hear the birds settling down—the chirping gets so loud! I’ve never heard anything like it. Well, actually, once in Davao near the foothills of Mt. Apo. But in the middle of a city? An architect friend called Singapore the Garden City and I suppose it is. It’s very green and verdant, certainly much more than Manila. I guess that’s why there are lots of birds even in the highly urbanized zones.
(When I told my friend Karen about the birds, she was horrified! “Terrie, they’re not birds, they’re bats!” hahaha! I checked though, and they’re birds! But Karen hates it when there are lotsa birds flying coz she’s been guano’ed twice already. I guess that’s the hazard of nature being too in your face, there’s a danger of being shit-bombed, hehehe…)
What’s strange though is that even with the greenery, there aren’t any insects! What did the city fathers do when they built this city? Douse the area with insecticide? 😀 Sobrang walang lamok dito! It’s amazing. It’s like even the insects follow the rules or something…
My bedroom here has an aircon but before I leave the house, I usually open the windows to air out the room. I usually get home around 8-8.30pm and if this were the Philippines, puno na ng lamok ang kwarto—or worse, may ipis na! Here, I can keep the window open all night and no insect will fly/crawl in. Well, I haven’t really tested that yet; I close my windows when I get home but maybe one night I’ll leave the windows open just to see. My only fear is that some bird might fly in—coz that’s the thing, there are lots of huge city birds here! Haven’t seen any pigeons, but I’ve recognized crows! Then again, that’s probably the reason walang insekto dito—lotsa birds to gobble them up. ;D
(My other friend, also named Karen, said that they fumigate the city every so often so no chance daw talaga ang insects dito!)
Other random stuff that happened to me or that I observed:
Seen on a billboard in Sengkang (the station where I get on the MRT every morning): “30% more men from Sengkang walk around naked in the bedroom than men from Tampines. Think of your neighbors.”—an IKEA ad for curtains. Witty, no? 😀
Last Tuesday evening I was craving Mcdo so much so I met up with a friend and we went to Paragon on Orchard. It was kind of ironic that we were having a fastfood meal—el cheapo coz our wallets were in pain—in the most expensive mall in the city! I went around the mall nga eh, and sort of drooled all over the display windows at the designer goods. Sigh. To have money to buy…stuff! 😀
To get to Paragon from the office, I rode bus 65, which is a double-decker. I love sitting on the top deck. Saya-saya! It’s cheesy but it’s nice to see the city from that height. What can I do, cheap thrills make my day, hehehe…
Once, I got stuck in the MRT station. I mean, my EZ Pass wouldn’t work and it still had some S$1+ in it. Turns out, the card needs to have a minimum $S2 for you to be able to use it. Oh well, still have a lot to learn.
I’m still trying to get used to the “Britishisms” or maybe, SInglese, hehe…Like “storey” for “floor” or “take-away” for “take-out.” Every time I’m asked, there’s always a beat before I remember to say take-away instead of takeout. And the locals always use “…is it?” at the end of the sentence. Parang they use it the same way as “lah.” Not that I’m not guilty of some “Filipinisms” myself, hahaha…Sometimes I forget and end my sentences with “eh” or use “Sige” instead of “OK.” Funny.